Air Force’s aging tanker fleet. With more refueling capacity and enhanced capabilities, improved efficiency and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation, the KCA will provide aerial refueling support to the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps as well as allied nation coalition force aircraft.
Features The KCA will be able to refuel any fixed-wing receiver capable aircraft on any mission. This aircraft is equipped with a modernized KC refueling boom integrated with proven fly-by-wire control system and delivering a fuel offload rate required for large aircraft. In addition, the hose and drogue system adds additional mission capability that is independently operable from the refueling boom system.
Two high-bypass turbofans, mounted under degree swept wings, power the KCA to takeoff at gross weights up topounds. Nearly all internal fuel can be pumped through the boom, drogue and wing aerial refueling pods.
Boeing’s KC-46A, and Its Team
The centerline drogue and wing aerial refueling pods are used to refuel aircraft fitted with probes. All aircraft will be configured for the installation of a multipoint refueling system. MPRS configured aircraft will be capable of refueling two receiver aircraft simultaneously from special “pods” mounted under the wing.
One crewmember known as the boom operator controls the boom, centerline drogue, and wing refueling pods during refueling operations. This new tanker utilizes an advanced KC boom, a center mounted drogue and wing aerial refueling pods allowing it to refuel multiple types of receiver aircraft as well as foreign national aircraft on the same mission. A cargo deck above the refueling system can accommodate a mix load of passengers, patients and cargo.
The KCA can carry up to 18 L cargo pallets. Seat tracks and the onboard cargo handling system make it possible to simultaneously carry palletized cargo, seats, and patient support pallets in a variety of combinations.
The new tanker aircraft offers significantly increased cargo and aeromedical evacuation capabilities. The aircrew compartment includes 15 permanent seats for aircrew which includes permanent seating for the aerial refueling operator and an aerial refueling instructor. Panoramic displays giving the ARO wing-tip to wing-tip situational awareness.
The initial flight of the KCA aircraft is scheduled for late calendar year The current contract, with options, provides the Air Mobility Command an inventory of KC tankers. General Characteristics Primary Function: Aerial refueling and airlift Prime Contractor: The Boeing Company Power Plant:.